Dan Marino, ending a four-game slump, threw for three touchdowns and 344 yards as third-ranked Pittsburgh beat visiting Temple, 38-17, yesterday.
Marino passed 21 yards to Julius Dawkins late in the third quarter to give the Panthers (5-0) a 24-17 lead.
Marino, completing 26 of 36, then set up the first of two scoring runs by Bill Beach with a 51-yard pass play to Dawkins in the fourth quarter. Five plays later, Beach gave Pitt a 31-17 lead from a yard out.
"I think you saw what kind of quarterback Dan Marino is," said Pitt Coach Foge Fazio. "I wouldn't trade him for any other." Marino had been booed after throwing three interceptions early in the game.
Marino has thrown touchdown passes in 17 straight games, one short of the NCAA record. He gave Pitt a 17-0 lead with two touchdown passes to Dwight Collins, but Temple (3-4), in 2 minutes 18 seconds of the third period, made it 17-14 on Mike Riordan's 58-yard pass to Reggie Brown and 33-yard pass to Rod Moore.
"Pitt is the No. 1 team in the country," said Temple Coach Wayne Hardin. "They'd get my vote. But they didn't have to run up the score to get my vote."